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DRA 130 - Acting I

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
Foundational training for beginners in the craft of acting. Focus on the fundamentals of discovering truthful performances in the context of contemporary plays. Opportunities for both actors and non-actors to gain confidence in acting, performing, presentations, and social interaction. The course includes exercises, analysis, and memorized performances. Attendance at a theatrical performance may be required.
Competencies
  1. Break down the definition of acting.
    1. Experiment with the theory of imaginary circumstances.
    2. Experiment with the theory of truthful behavior.
  2. Examine the foundational terminology for the craft of acting.
    1. Discuss relevant terminology used in the field.
    2. Use studied terminology practically in exercises, discussions, assignments, rehearsals, and performances.
  3. Incorporate the tools of the voice, body, and impulse into truthful behavior as perceived by an audience.
    1. Identify an individual’s habitual and/or learned mannerisms.
    2. Establish neutrality of mannerisms.
    3. Develop mannerisms that can be perceived as truthful behavior within imaginary circumstances.
  4. Determine how an actor analyzes scene work.
    1. Develop a methodology for analyzing a scene for acting effectively within it.
    2. Develop a methodology for scoring a text.
  5. Interpret a character as written in the context of a play.
    1. Decide what analysis and scoring is strongest in support of clear and effective storytelling.
    2. Assess how effective the analysis is and how well it was implemented.
  6. Create a performance for two memorized scenes.
    1. Perform each memorized scene more than once with truthful behavior in relation to the given circumstances of each performance.
    2. Apply character analysis and scoring from the script.
    3. Discover the value of being present.
  7. Critique a performance within a live theatrical production.
    1. Evaluate the performer with clear communication of effective and/or ineffective acting choices.
    2. Argue how effective the performer’s acting choices were by citing specific examples.



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